Michael Phelps takes home two ESPYs
Wednesday was a big night in sports as the 25th annual ESPYs kicked off in Los Angeles. Baltimore’s own Michael Phelps was nominated for three of the coveted awards presented by ESPN, snagging two of them—best record-breaking performance and best male U.S. Olympic athlete. While accepting his first award, he couldn’t help but gush over his wife Nicole—who was also celebrating her birthday—and their first meeting at the award show a decade ago. (Aww, feels).
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Jonathan Schoop scores in first-ever All-Star Game.
He may not have been the star of the game, but he did provide his team’s first run to revitalize the American League. As the only Baltimore Oriole to be selected this year, Schoop was not in the starting lineup, but he got his shot in the fifth inning replacing Houston Astros Jose Altuve at second base. After a double to left field, Schoop was on second with two outs, when Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano hit a fly ball single to right field, giving him the chance to score the first run of the game.
Raven Brandon Williams takes his dance moves overseas.
No. 98 is quickly becoming one of our favorite Ravens, and his killer dance moves have everything to do with it. This nose tackle is more than just a dominant powerhouse on the field—off the field his personality shines. On his most recent trip to the U.K.—part of the promo tour for the upcoming London game against the Jaguars—he stole the show with his version of the “Carlton Dance” at the U.K. fan forum.
Earlier this month, he married his college sweetheart and mother of his two sons, Alyssa, where he showed off more of those sweet dance moves at the wedding reception.
Former NFL star helps Baltimore youth track team
Four 8-year old girls from West Baltimore’s Mary Ann Winterling Elementary are now able to compete at the National Junior Olympics thanks to the generosity of former Bengals receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. The former NFL star donated $2,200 to help them reach their $5,000 goal, later tweeting: “You good now, I'll see y'all at Junior Olympics in Kansas.” Johnson’s 12-year old daughter also just happens to be one of the nation’s top runners. The team will make the trip to Kansas City in two weeks.
Good luck girls!